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November 14, 2013


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Today in First Grade

Phonics: 

We learned that when there are two consonants following a vowel, then the vowel is the short sound.

Reading groups:

Group A:     Making Pizza

Group B:     The Little Green Man Visits a Farm

Group C:     Too Many Animals       Snake's Dinner       Washing Our Dog

Math:

We learned our subtraction fact #2: If we know our addition facts, we can use them to know our subtraction facts.  Addition is putting them together and subtraction is taking them back apart.

We remembered how we can change the order of the addends in addition.  With subtraction, we talked about how we can change the difference (answer) with what is being subtracted.


I occasionally show them how to do a subtraction problem that entails regrouping so that they are familiar with it when we start to work on it at the end of the year.  I often subtract how many days of school we have had from how many total days of school there are, and show them how to do it.

We also talked about the length of a day as we change from summer to winter.  There was a misconception by a couple children that because we say the days are shorter in the winter, that the entire day is shorter and goes faster from day to day.  I tried to show them how the day is still the same length.  In the summer, the day part is longer.  In the winter, the night part is longer.  Yet the entire length of the day is the same in both.

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